Shane Watson has always had a special place for India in his cricketing life. It all started with an amazing season for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League, where the brilliant Aussie all-rounder helped the Shane Warne-led side to their first and only IPL title in 2008.
He has been amazing since then, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings since and will be seen featuring for the 3-time IPL title holders CSK in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Given that he has played cricket for a long time under various captains like Warne, Ponting, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni; the all-rounder recently revealed the best captain he has ever played under in an interview.
Shane Watson names the favorite captains he has played under
Recently, the former Australia all-rounder was having a chat with ESPN Cricinfo and one of the questions asked to him was which was his favorite captain under whom he played. Shane Watson made his Australia debut in 2002 under Ricky Ponting and played the majority of his career under him. He also played under Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, while himself captaining the Kangaroos.
While in the IPL, Watson’s first captain was his country-mate Shane Warne in Rajasthan Royals and then India great Rahul Dravid took over from the leg-spinner. From there on, Virat Kohli captained him in RCB and he has spent the last two seasons under the leadership of MS Dhoni at the CSK, winning the IPL title in 2018 and reaching the finals in 2019. Therefore, when asked about his favorite captains, Watson picked Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni.
Watson has been retained by CSK for IPL 2020 and though he has called time from other T20 leagues like the Big Bash League in Australia; he will play in IPL 2020. He has impressive statistics in the Indian T20 league with 3575 runs, four centuries with the highest score of 117* which came in the finals of the IPL 2018 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has also made 19 half-centuries at a strike rate of 139.53 and an average of 31.08.
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